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Blessed Are Your Baskets, Kneading Bowls And Nets!

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Today I am reading day 329 of Joseph Prince’s Devotional:

Day 329

Blessed Are Your Baskets, Kneading Bowls And Nets!

Deuteronomy 28:5 5“Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.

In Bible times, reapers carried baskets on their backs to collect the harvest from the fields. They had to ensure that their baskets were strong and sturdy, so that what they collected would not fall out. The women of that day used kneading bowls to knead dough for making bread. If they used poor-quality bowls that broke easily, they would not be able to make bread.

So baskets and kneading bowls in those days represented the means by which one got his tangible blessings. Beloved, your Father in heaven does not want you to worry about the means by which you get your blessings. Because of the sacrifice of Christ, He says to you, “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.”

This means that if you are a cab driver, your cab will not break down on your rounds because God says to you, “Blessed shall be your cab.” If you are a businessman, your capital investment will not fail you because God says to you, “Blessed shall be your capital investment.” And if you are a salesman, your products will be looked upon favorably because God says to you, “Blessed shall be your products.”

These blessings are yours because Jesus paid for them with His death and He enforced them with His resurrection.

On one occasion, Jesus told Peter to throw his nets into the water. When Peter threw one net down, he caught so much fish that the net “was breaking”. To save the bumper haul, the other disciples quickly filled their boats with the fish, lest the net gave way completely. (Luke 5:4–7)

After Jesus rose from the dead, a similar incident took place. Once again, Jesus asked His disciples to cast their net out. They caught a multitude of fish. But “although there were so many, the net was not broken”. (John 21:11) Notice that in the first case, the net was breaking. In the second case, it was not! Something supernatural happened to their nets after Jesus rose from the dead!

Beloved, because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, not only are you blessed (Ephesians 1:3), but your nets, baskets and kneading bowls — the means by which you obtain your blessings — are also blessed!

Thought For The Day
Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, you as well as the means by which you obtain your blessings are blessed!

God Is Easy To Take From

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Today I am reading day 217 of Joseph Prince’s Devotional:

Day 217

God Is Easy To Take From

Exodus 3:8 8So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land…

When the children of Israel provided for themselves in Egypt, they ate cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. (Numbers 11:5) These were types of food which required them to bend down close to the ground and pull out to eat — a backbreaking work.

But when God provided for them in Canaan, a land flowing with milk and honey (Numbers 13:27), He gave them grapes, pomegranates and figs. (Numbers 13:23) These fruits were not found on the ground and the Israelites only had to pluck them to eat them.

God wants you to know that when He provides for you, you will see a flow of provisions coming your way, and all you need to do is to just stretch forth your hand and take from Him!

So if you are planning to get married, don’t say to yourself, “Well, if I work harder and start saving now, I will have… oh my goodness, not much! The cost of the wedding banquet will wipe out everything! How can I get married?”

As a child of God, know that your Daddy God is excited about your upcom- ing wedding, and He is very rich! I have not seen couples in our church lacking on their wedding day. What I have seen is money coming in on the wedding day itself. And by the time the celebration is over, everything is paid up. So instead of trusting your efforts to have enough for your big day, God wants you to fix your wedding date and put your trust in Him to provide for you abundantly.

Are you faced with a financial debt? How much do you think you can save by working overtime and taking on a second job? Some of our church members will testify that God simply turned their financial situations around. In fact, Pastor Mark, our Hokkien and Mandarin services pastor, had a sizeable debt before he became a Christian. After he got saved, he handed his debt problem over to God. Within two years, his debt was supernaturally cleared and he even had a surplus!

My friend, faith is the hand that takes from God. And He is easy to take from!

Thought For The Day
Faith is the hand that takes from God who provides for you abundantly.

Look Unto Jesus

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Today I am reading day 178 of Joseph Prince’s Devotional:

Day 178

Look Unto Jesus

Hebrews 12:2 2looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…

What does it mean to look unto Jesus? Well, we can think of it like this: If you are drowning and somebody walks past you, you do not look at him. You look unto him. When you look unto him, you are turning to him and expecting him to rescue you.

In the same manner, you look unto Jesus expecting Him to save, heal and protect you because you know His mighty power and sacrificial love for you. God’s Word says that we are to keep “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith”. That is how God wants us to live.

So if you have a recurring migraine, keep looking unto Jesus. See Him taking that migraine upon His body on the cross and say, “Lord, I thank You that by Your stripes I am healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) As you keep looking unto Jesus, your healer, that migraine will have to bow to His finished work!

If you have a financial lack in your life, just keep looking unto Jesus with confident expectation that He will provide for you and deliver you from your lack.

“But Pastor Prince, is it really so simple? All I have to do is look unto Jesus and He will bless me financially?”

Yes, it is that simple. The problem with us is that we tend to look unto ourselves. But we cannot save or deliver ourselves. Even the apostle Paul struggled when he depended on his self-effort. That is why he said, “For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.” (Romans 7:19) It was only when Paul looked away from himself and unto Jesus that he received his deliverance. (Romans 7:24–25)

My friend, if you have been looking unto yourself, it is time to start looking unto Jesus. Look unto Him, the author and finisher of your faith. And soon, you will be looking at your healing and provision!

Thought For The Day
Look unto Jesus, and expect Him to save, heal and protect you because of His mighty power and sacrificial love for you.

Nip It in the Budget

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Today I am reading day 29 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:

Nip It in the Budget

Psalm 18:5 Plan carefully and you will have plenty; if you act too quickly, you will never have enough.

A budget is simply a plan. It’s telling your money where you want it to go, rather than wondering where it went. And the problem many of us have today is that we don’t know where our money is going because we don’t have a budget.

But, if you want to get out of debt, you have to nip it in the budget. Do you remember Barney Fife, from Mayberry? He used to say, “Nip it, nip it, nip it in the bud.” We need to nip it in the budget.

Notice today’s verse says, “Plan carefully.” That means budgeting; a budget is simply planned spending. Planning carefully means you say, “This is what we’re going to spend next year, next month,” and by doing that, the Bible says, “You will have plenty.” It’s a promise of God.

On the other hand, “If you act too quickly you will never have enough.” This refers to what advertisers and marketers and retailers call impulse buying. You know what impulse buying is? Have you ever gone into a store and you didn’t plan to buy something, but you bought it on an impulse. You didn’t think about the purchase; it was totally emotionally-based. You saw it, you wanted it, you bought it.

And if you act too quickly — impulse buying, plus no budget, equals financial disaster. Have you ever bought something without thinking and later regretted it? Most of us have! And that’s why you’ve got to have a plan.

Become Debt Free

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Today I am reading day 28 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:

Become Debt Free

Romans 13:8 Be under obligation to no one—the only obligation you have is to love one another. Whoever does this has obeyed the Law.

My hope for you is that you will be debt free by the end of this decade. It is possible, if you are disciplined. Let me say, if you’ve never been debt free, you have no idea the freedom you will experience when you no longer owe anybody anything.

And this is why it is important — If God told you to go do something right now, some of you couldn’t do it because you are in such financial bondage.

The Bible says we should not withhold the repayment of your debts, that we should let no debt remain outstanding. What does that mean? If you are only paying the minimum on your credit card, you are letting a debt remain outstanding. The Bible says don’t do that. God is not going to bless that.

You need to set up repayment. You may be thinking that would be hard. It is hard! That’s why most people are in debt. If it were easy, everybody would be rich. The fact is, most people do not have the character and the discipline to do what God tells them to do. First, give 10% to God; second, put 10% into savings; then, set up a repayment plan.

You say, “Wait a minute. Are you telling me to save before I pay off my debts?’ That’s exactly what I’m telling you to do — because if you wait until you get all your debts paid off to start saving or tithing, you will never do it.

You may think you can’t afford, but the truth is, you can’t afford not to do it God’s way.

Save, Invest for the Future

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Today I am reading day 27 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:

Save, Invest for the Future

Proverbs 21:20 Wise people live in wealth and luxury, but stupid people spend their money as fast as they get it.

If you want God’s blessing on your finances, you must learn to save and invest for the future. The Bible says a lot about making financial investments.

In fact, you can see that Proverbs 21:20 is God’s IQ test! Let’s see how smart you are: wise people save for the future, but foolish people spend whatever they get.

Would it surprise you to know that in Japan, the average savings is 25% of their income? The average European saves 18%. Yet, last year Americans spent 1% more than they made. Many people in retirement are going to be dirt poor because they didn’t start saving early enough; they didn’t practice the principle of investing in the future.

Now, there is a question you can ask yourself that will help you save more money. It’s real simple. When you get ready to buy something ask yourself, “Do I really need this?” And then be honest enough to tell yourself.

For instance, do I really need a new car? Well, I know I’d like it. But, do I really need a new car? Do I really need this upgrade? I know I’d like it, but do I really need it?

A fundamental financial principle is this: when you spend your money, it’s gone. Yet, when you save your money, your money works for you. The problem with most of us is that we work for our money instead of letting our money working for us. If you’ll do it God’s way, you can get out of debt and you can be blessed.

Giving Back to God

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Today I am reading day 26 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:

Giving Back to God

Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord by making him an offering from the best of all that your land produces. If you do, your barns will be filled with grain, and you will have too much wine to store it all.

Malachi 3:10 Bring the full amount of your tithes to the Temple, so that there will be plenty of food there. Put me to the test and you will see that I will open the windows of heaven and pour out on you in abundance all kinds of good things.

The purpose of tithing is to teach us to always put God first in our lives. God doesn’t need our money. He wants what it represents: our gratitude, our priorities and our faith.

Now look at these verses in Proverbs 3. Do you see where it says, “Honor the Lord by giving him the leftovers of all your income’. Now, you can see, that’s NOT what it says at all.

It says, “Honor the Lord with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest “. We give to God first, before anyone else, right off the top of our income.

And here is the promise, “Then your barns will be completely filled, and your vats will overflow with new wine”. You and I are called to give back to God in gratitude, but also as a demonstration of our priorities. And, it is a demonstration of our faith in his promises.

In Malachi 3:10, God says, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse “. That means the place where you worship. Then God says, “Put me to the test!” In a sense, “Test me and see how I will bless you for your obedience’.
God says he will provide all that you need. He doesn’t say he’ll provide all that we greed, but all that we need.

Please God by Keeping Financial Records

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Today I am reading day 25 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:

Please God by Keeping Financial Records

Proverbs 27:23-24 Look after your sheep and cattle as carefully as you can, because wealth is not permanent. Not even nations last forever.

When you think of following Jesus, your probably don’t think about keeping good financial records, but God wants you to keep track of what you spend, what you owe, and what you earn.

The Bible says we need to watch our financial interests closely. “Know the state of your flocks “. Today we might say, “Know the state of your stocks’. In other words, we need to know where our money is going. People say money talks, but actually it just walks away quietly. And you wonder where it went.

Not knowing where your money is going equals disaster. You get into debt because you’re not keeping good records that show you what is happening with your finances. As the saying goes, you end up spending money you don’t have on things you don’t need to impress people you don’t even like.

And this causes all kinds of problems in your life. When you wonder where it all went, that is a warning sign. You are already in trouble if you don’t know where your money is going because ignorance and easy credit equals trouble.

You need to know what you owe, own, and earn. If you want your next ten years to be a decade of destiny, then you have to keep good records because riches can disappear fast.

Think about this: if you spent as much time writing down your finances as you do worrying about them, you’d probably have a lot less to worry about. You need to keep good records if you want God’s blessing on your finances.

Only God Gives Financial Security

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Today I am reading day 23 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:

Only God Gives Financial Security

Deuteronomy 8:18 Remember that it is the Lord your God who gives you the power to become rich. He does this because he is still faithful today to the covenant that he made with your ancestors.

As you enter your Decade of Destiny, it is important that you trust God with your finances. If you want God to bless you financially, you must remain focused on the truth that he is the source of your finances and he is the one who supplies your needs.

What does that mean? It means I’m not looking to an employer for my security. I’m not looking to my savings for security. I’m not looking to anyone or anything other than God to supply my needs.

Let me illustrate it this way: When I turn on the water, I don’t really think the water comes from the faucet. I know that the water really comes from a reservoir. It just comes to me through the faucet.

In the same way, the income that God wants to give you may come through a job or through something else. But the source is God.

This means you don’t need to worry about which faucet he uses to supply your needs. In a sense he says, “If I turn off one faucet, I can just as easily turn on another. If you lose one job, I can give you another. I am your source, not your job. I am your source, not your bank account.’

God Blesses You When You Tithe

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Today I am reading day 22 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:

God Blesses You When You Tithe

Malachi 3:10 Bring the full amount of your tithes to the Temple, so that there will be plenty of food there. Put me to the test and you will see that I will open the windows of heaven and pour out on you in abundance all kinds of good things.

Tithing is giving the first part of your income (traditionally 10 percent) back to God to honor him. So if you make ten dollars, you’d give one dollar back to God.

Does God need your money? Of course not. He owns it all anyway. But he wants what it represents – your heart.

Let’s take a closer look at today’s verse. “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house.” What’s a storehouse? It’s wherever you worship. Your act of giving is an act of worship in the house of worship.

Did you know that in the Bible, this is the only place that says you can prove there is a God? God says, “Try tithing and see if I don’t exist. We’ll play a little game. You give to me and I’ll give to you and we’ll see who wins.”

I’ve been playing this game with God for 35 years and every year I lose. When Kay and I got married, we decided we would tithe the first 10 percent of everything we made. We even decided that if we were in debt, God would still get paid before anyone else. And I will tell you, sometimes it was scary. Sometimes I was out of work and I didn’t know where the money was going to come from, but God provided.

Trust God and see if he doesn’t “pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”

Investing God’s Way

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Dear Friends,

During this Chinese New Year period, you will hear greetings of wealth, health, peace, happiness and other blessings being exchanged among relatives and friends.

I am glad to announce that our God has not only provided all these blessings and more for us but He also wishes that we are aware of His blessings and how to attain it.

In respect of wealth, there are ample scriptures to testify that God is not against it but He is against covetousness. It is often said that money is not evil but the love of money is the root of all evil.

This is actually from the Bible and found in 1 Tim 6.10. The important truths about money are that firstly God does not need our money, secondly, the purpose of money is for the furtherance of God’s work and thirdly,  to bless those in need.

Once we know these truths and start to invest our money in God’s way, we are actually sowing seeds of wealth which will surely germinate into actual crops of great wealth which will not only meet our earthly needs but will overflow to meet the desires of our heart.

Below is a wonderful article by Pastor Kenneth E Hagin on the principle of sowing and reaping in the natural and spiritual realms.

Investing God’s Way
by Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin 

Philippians 4:19 My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

There is a law of sowing and reaping in both the natural and the spiritual realms. And it’s a law that works! Yet from my experience, more people fail when it comes to faith for finances than for anything else. The reason is that they’re trying to exercise faith for finances, but they haven’t planted any seed! They want God to bless their finances even though they haven’t sown anything.

The Bible plainly states, “GIVE, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete [measure] withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38).

The Bible also plainly says, “He which SOWETH sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6).

If you want a bountiful crop, you’ve got to sow bountifully. You can’t reap a crop without sowing seed. You can’t go out into your backyard and say, “I’m going to pick some tomatoes,” if the ground hasn’t been prepared and the seed sown. The first step, then, toward getting your financial needs met is to obey the Bible.

MALACHI 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

God said we are to bring our tithes-10 percent of our income-into the storehouse, and in return He will open up the windows of Heaven. “Prove me now herewith,” he said.

So just go ahead and obey the Bible in the area of finances. Pay your tithes and give offerings. Act on God’s Word in faith, and God will bless you because He’s faithful and true to His Word.

Then beyond cooperating with God’s laws concerning tithing and giving offerings, be open to receive further light from His Word concerning giving to others.

Also, be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, Who will very often direct you specifically to give. Now don’t do something just because somebody else did. Don’t operate on someone else’s experience. Operate on what you know the Bible says, and operate on what the Holy Spirit is saying to you.

You don’t have to have any “leading” to pay tithes and give offerings. You don’t need to be led to give and sow. The Bible tells you to do those things, so just do them. But when you get out beyond that, it’s when you obey the Spirit of God that things happen.

Start where you are. Be faithful to obey the Word by paying your tithes and giving offerings. And be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit when He directs you specifically to give. You can’t out-give God. If you sow seeds bountifully in faith and obedience, you will reap an abundant harvest of blessings!

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